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After busy summer at county animal shelter, residents urged to take action

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — Pickens County residents can help reduce intake numbers at the Pickens County More »

Community remembers former businessmen

Alfred Robinson, Don Bobo died last week By Jason Evans Staff Reporter jevans@thepccourier.com PICKENS — Two Pickens County communities were More »

Meals on Wheels plans 5K Glow Run in Liberty

LIBERTY — Pickens County Meals on Wheels will be hosting its second annual 5K Glow Run at 7:30 p.m. Oct. More »

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Creating Confidence

Short week doesn’t slow Red Devils By Clay Counts Special to The Courier claycounts21@yahoo.com GREENVILLE — Hurricane Florence threw a More »

Etienne, Tigers’ ground game shine in victory over Eagles

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Police seek robbery suspect

Griffin Grocery robbed at gunpoint Friday evening

PICKENS — Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying an armed robbery suspect.

An armed robbery occurred at around 6:15 p.m. Friday at Griffin Grocery, located at 1804 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Creed Hashe said in a news release Monday.

A white male in his late 20s or early 30s walked into the store and presented a handgun while demanding money from the clerk, Hashe said.

Hashe said the gun was a dark-colored semi-automatic.

After being given an undisclosed amount of money from the register,

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Year-round school not an option for 2019-20 calendar

By Greg Oliver

Courtesy The Journal

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EASLEY — It doesn’t appear the School District of Pickens County will be going to a modified year-round calendar anytime soon.

The district recently released two proposed calendars for the 2019-20 academic year, the year some district officials had pointed to as the earliest the modified calendar could begin. But neither the regular calendar nor balanced calendar is year round.

A survey sent to parents by the district sought their input on a “regular” calendar, created to comply with current South Carolina law requiring a start date no earlier than the third Monday in August. Under the regular calendar option, teachers would report Aug. 8, while the first day for students is Aug. 19. The calendar includes a three-day Thanksgiving break from Nov. 27-29, Christmas break

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Woman bitten by rabid kitten

LIBERTY — A Liberty woman received treatment after possibly being exposed to rabies earlier this month.

The woman was bitten by a kitten that later tested positive for rabies, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Creed Hashe said in a news release Friday.

A deputy with the sheriff’s office’s Animal Enforcement Unit responded to a home in the Black Bottom Road area on Sept. 7, Hashe said.

The homeowner had been bitten on the finger by a young kitten and told the deputy a skunk had previously come onto the property and killed

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After busy summer at county animal shelter, residents urged to take action

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Pickens County residents can help reduce intake numbers at the Pickens County Animal Shelter by spaying or neutering their pets, according to a statement released by the county.

County spokeswoman Jamie Burns said the shelter had an intake of more than 300 animals per month all summer long.

“In June, that number rose to almost 400,” Burns said. “This equates to more than 10 animals being surrendered to the shelter every single day. They are nearing capacity with those numbers.”

County officials are seeking to raise awareness about the importance of

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Community remembers former businessmen

Alfred Robinson, Don Bobo died last week

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

jevans@thepccourier.com

PICKENS — Two Pickens County communities were left heartbroken last week with the deaths of a pair of former local businessmen and community leaders.

 In Easley, longtime businessman Alfred Robinson died Monday, Sept. 10, at age 89. Pickens, meanwhile, lost Don Bobo, the former owner of Bivens Hardware and a “pillar of the community” for decades, who died Friday, also at age 89.

“Easley meant so much to him,” Chris Robinson said of his father, who took over the family businesses, Robinson’s Department Store and Robinson Funeral Home, in 1953.

“He served literally generations of folks in the Upstate area,” Robinson said. “He knew so much about a lot of the families that we served.”

Alfred’s knowledge of local history “was vast,” Robinson said.

“Knowledge of the history of Easley was very important to him,” he said.

Rep. Davey Hiott agreed.

“He’s one of those people that when you talk about the city of Easley, his name comes up very quickly,” Hiott said. “It didn’t take long to go to Easley and know who Mr. Alf Robinson was. He was always a gentleman who was neatly dressed, very proper, always very polite. Whenever you went into the store or the funeral home, he was always the same. He’ll be missed in that community.”

In 1992, Alfred founded Robinson Memorial Gardens.

“He always wanted to achieve excellence, to continue to improve how we serve families at Robinson’s and the funeral homes,” Robinson said. “He loved to serve the public, and he treated them like family.”

Alfred was involved in a number of organizations throughout his life, including United Way of Pickens County, Easley Rotary Club, the State Chamber of Commerce, the Easley Chamber of Commerce, the Friends of the Library and the S.C. Funeral Service Board.

“He was a strong believer in community and in being active, in trying to

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Outdoor market set to benefit PCBDSN

PICKENS — Located at 101 Laurenwood Drive in Pickens, Looper’s Red Barn will host an outdoor market event on Sept. 22, with all proceeds going to benefit the Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.

The funds will be used to help individuals with disabilities and their families.

The event is free and open to the public and will run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. It

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Hagood Mill fiddling convention rescheduled

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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PICKENS — Hurricane Florence spoiled plans for Hagood Mill Historic Site’s first-ever three-day Ole Time Fiddling Convention last weekend.

But the storm won’t ruin all the fun.

Originally scheduled for last Friday through Sunday, the conventional has been rescheduled for this Friday through Saturday.

There will be a $5 general admission fee to the site per person per day. There will be no charge for children 10 and under and no charge for parking.

This marks the 22nd year that the mill has hosted the convention, which

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Liberty bluegrass festival planned

LIBERTY — The Liberty Festivals and Events Committee and city of Liberty recently announced the Fall for Liberty Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. in downtown Liberty.

The festival will provide a lineup of local Bluegrass bands.

Festival activities will include Upstate food trucks, craft and artisan vendors, a chili cook-off, children’s activities including inflatables, face

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More mosquito spraying unlikely in Easley

EASLEY — A second round of spraying for mosquitoes will likely not be necessary after a case of West Nile virus was reported in Easley this month.

Spraying occurred a little more than a week ago for the entire Easley area, and some of the surrounding area, after the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) notified Easley and county officials of the West Nile case.

Officials held a press conference on Sept. 7 to alert people about the spraying.

Easley Fire Chief Butch Womack said Thursday that following the

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Liberty improv troupe to perform Friday

By Jason Evans

Staff Reporter

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LIBERTY — Liberty High School’s improv comedy troupe is set to perform its first show of the season on Friday night.

Walking Shadows director David Holland said the troupe is taking advantage of the fact Friday is an off day for football for most of the schools in the county.

“The show is called Off Day,” Holland said. “It’s a little bit of a play on that idea.”

The show will start at 7 p.m. Friday at Liberty High School.

“We’re going to have hip-hop artist Y back with us,” Holland said. “This is

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